is in the heavens and on earth, doth declare the Praises and Glory
of Allah,- the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Exalted in Might, the
2. It is He Who has sent
amongst the Unlettered an apostle from among themselves, to rehearse
to them His Signs, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in Scripture
and Wisdom,- although they had been, before, in manifest error;-
3. As well as (to confer
all these benefits upon) others of them, who have not already joined
them: And He is exalted in Might, Wise.
4. Such is the Bounty
of Allah, which He bestows on whom He will: and Allah is the Lord
of the highest bounty.
5. The similitude of
those who were charged with the (obligations of the) Mosaic Law,
but who subsequently failed in those (obligations), is that of a
donkey which carries huge tomes (but understands them not). Evil
is the similitude of people who falsify the Signs of Allah. and
Allah guides not people who do wrong.
6. Say: "O ye that stand
on Judaism! If ye think that ye are friends to Allah, to the exclusion
of (other) men, then express your desire for Death, if ye are truthful!"
7. But never will they
express their desire (for Death), because of the (deeds) their hands
have sent on before them! and Allah knows well those that do wrong!
8. Say: "The Death from
which ye flee will truly overtake you: then will ye be sent back
to the Knower of things secret and open: and He will tell you (the
truth of) the things that ye did!"
9. O ye who believe!
When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly),
hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business
(and traffic): That is best for you if ye but knew!
10. And when the Prayer
is finished, then may ye disperse through the land, and seek of
the Bounty of Allah. and celebrate the Praises of Allah often (and
without stint): that ye may prosper.
11. But when they see
some bargain or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it, and
leave thee standing. Say: "The (blessing) from the Presence of Allah
is better than any amusement or bargain! and Allah is the Best to
provide (for all needs)."